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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

| 10 min

This animated short, etched directly onto tinted 70 mm film, depicts the story of two sisters: Viola, who writes novels in a dark room, and Marie, her only companion. Disfigured, Viola counts on her sister to take care of her and shelter her from the outside world. But when an unexpected stranger turns up on their front door, the sisters' quiet lives are disrupted and their routine turns to chaos.

  • director
    Caroline Leaf
  • script
    Caroline Leaf
  • animation
    Caroline Leaf
  • producer
    Robert Forget
    Yves Leduc
    Dagmar Teufel
    Jacques Vallée
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
  • sound
    Shelley Craig
    Louis Hone
  • editing
    Camille Laperrière
  • sound editing
    Wojtek Klis
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Shelley Craig
  • voice
    Kathleen Fee
    Jane Woods
    Michael Rudder
  • music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer


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Ages 12 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide

Warning (if any): Animation is slightly jarring and eerie. Depicts a face with stitches and some deformity, blood

Brief “lesson launcher type” activity or a series of inquiry questions with a bit of context:

Animated film depicting the day-to-day life of two sisters as they experience an interruption to their daily routine.

How would you describe the relationship between the two sisters before the visitor comes? How does it appear to change after the visit?

Viola seems to look at herself differently after the visitor arrives. How does acknowledgement from others affect our self-esteem and how we view ourselves in this world?

Do you think the image of leaving the door open is figurative or literal? Why does the sister continue to stand guard? How does this relate to barriers we may put up in our own lives?

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